Cat Transforms Couple Into a Family
They’re “crazy cat people” – and they wouldn’t have it any other way.
Jason + Bruce Wayne
Cats have become a big theme in our lives. Most gifts we receive are cat-related. Coworkers know that when we go home to “the kid,” it’s not a human child. This year’s holiday card features us and our cat wearing matching pajamas.
We’re aware of how this all sounds. And yet our reputation as crazy cat people still beguiles us.
Deserved, yes, but completely unexpected. Prior to Bruce, we only liked cats. You know first-time parents who say, “I never wanted children, but when I had my own my whole perception changed?” We share a similar narrative, except our child has four legs and sleeps next to our heads every night.
We adopted Bruce Wayne on a whim. We had only recently considered getting a pet and visited an animal welfare organization “just to look.” But there he was: jet black, with bright green eyes and his entire face shoved in food. He looked up at us, face covered in wet chunks, and slow-blinked. That was all it took to melt our hearts.
With one seemingly innocuous signature, we officially became cat parents. “He’ll come and go as he pleases. This will be very low-key,” we thought. We often laugh at our early naivety, how totally unaware we were of the profound effect this little ball of fur would have on our lives.
When Bruce came home, he did so with a cone around his neck and a sinus infection. He sneezed on himself, gagged down medicine, and walked his cone straight into walls (he’s not the world’s smartest cat). From those moments on we realized the gravitas of owning a pet: the health and happiness of this amazing, perfect creature rested wholly in our hands. It was humbling—and terrifying. We vowed to do whatever we could to give him the best life possible.
Two years later, it’s easy to see who runs the house. Our apartment is overtaken by his cat tree (aka Wayne Manor), tunnel, scratching posts, hammock, and absurd amounts of toys. Bruce drinks double-filtered water and eats organic food. As I write this, he is lying in my arms, loudly whining that I am typing too much. He is beyond spoiled, and he knows it.
But these things pale in comparison to what he gave us: a wonderful little family. One that starts each day watching TODAY and ends it falling asleep next to each other. We can tell you the exact times Bruce will meow for food, move his napping position, and just about anything else. When we’re at work and miss him, we turn on the pet cam to say hello. Our lives revolve around Bruce, but making our little buddy happy is indescribably rewarding. I wouldn’t trade our family for anything.
Adopting Bruce was the best decision we’ve ever made. We are eternally grateful to have had the opportunity, and are honored for a chance to give back so that others may have the same.
Each year, the Petco Foundation invites adopters to share the story of how their adopted pet changed their lives during the annual Holiday Wishes campaign, giving the organization that they adopted from a chance to receive a grant award. This story by Jason Lopez won Animal Care Centers of NYC a 2017 Holiday Wishes award.